The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Whirlwinds and United States of America Mustangs
fighters attacked railways and shipping in France, the Low Countries and Germany.
North Africa. After counter-attack by one of our armoured units the
Field Marshal Erwin
Afrika Corps withdrew in Tebourba area.
In Libya. Allied
heavy bombers attacked Misurata and aerodromes near Homs.
Many Wehrmacht ground forces counterattacks were repulsed on Central front and
North West of Stalingrad.
In Australasia. In fierce air fighting over
New Guinea 20 Japanese air force aircraft were destroyed. Allied bombers attacked
Lae and Japanese bases in New Britain.
Twelfth Air Force. United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning
fighters, attack docks and shipping at Bizerte. Escorted DB-7 Douglas Boston light
bombers attack tanks in Tebourba-El Bathan area where elements of British First
Army continue to be hard pressed. Other DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers sent
to bomb at La Hencha and Sousse abort because of bad weather. P-38 Lightning fighters
and P-40 fighters fly numerous reconnaissance missions over Sousse-Sfax-Gabes
area and patrols over Oran. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and F4U Corsair
fighter fly photo reconnaissance over Sousse-Sfax-Gabes and Tunis-Bizerte areas.
3 squadrons of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of 93d Bomber Group arrive in Africa
from Eighth Air Force in United Kingdom. Ground fighting subsides as enemy attacks
in Tebourba area decrease in intensity.
Fifth Air Force. United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound area around Buna as
ground forces attack the village and clear trench at South edge. B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers attack wrecked vessel off Gona and a tanker off Gasmata. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers hit airfields at Lae.
Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance
mission over Semichis and Attu is flown. Reconnaissance of Kiska is aborted due
to weather. M455
Launched 7 December 1942 M459
Commissioned 7 December 1942 Go To: 8th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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